Sunday, February 20, 2011

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The Cake Slice: Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Cake

This month's cake for The Cake Slice was an interesting cake. I think this is the first real “coffee cake" I have ever made with actual coffee in the batter. I usually omit or make recipes that don't call for coffee but this cake intrigued me because I wanted to know what flavor the combination of coffee and toffee created. The cake tasted like drinking a mocha with a caramel swirl. The cake was moist with a strong, but not overwhelming, coffee flavor and the toffee melted (after it sunk!!) into a delightful caramel surprise in the midst of coffe-flavored cake.

Make sure to stop by the Blogroll to see all the other cakes baked up this month. 

Coffee Heath Bar Crunch Cake
Source: Cake Keeper Cakes by Lauren Chattman

For the Cake
1½ cups all purpose flour
1 tbsp instant espresso powder
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 egg
1 egg yolk
1½ tsp vanilla extract
1 cup milk

For the Streusel
1 cup/4 Heath bars (1.4ounces each), chopped *(see below)
2 tbsp light brown sugar
2 tbsp all purpose flour
1 tbsp butter, softened

Method – Streusel
Preheat the oven to 350F. Grease a 9inch round springform pan.

Combine the Heath bars, brown sugar, flour and butter in a medium mixing bowl. Work the mixture with your fingers until it resembles large crumbs. Refrigerate until ready to use.

Method – Cake
Combine the flour, espresso powder, baking powder and salt in a medium mixing bowl.

Combine the butter and brown sugar in a large mixing bowl and cream with an electric mixer on medium-high speed until fluffy, about 3 minutes, scraping down the sides of the bowl as necessary.

With the mixer on low speed, add the egg, egg yolk and vanilla.

With the mixer on low speed, add a third of the flour mixture and then half the milk, scraping down the bowl after each addition. Repeat, alternating the flour and milk, ending with the flour.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and smooth into an even layer with a spatula. Scatter the streusel onto the batter, distributing it evenly over the cake.

Bake the cake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean, 55 to 60 minutes. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for 5 minutes. Release the sides of the pan and use a large spatula to slide the cake from the pan bottom to onto a wire rack. Cool completely, cut into wedges and serve.

Store uneaten cake in a cake keeper or wrap in plastic and store at room temperature for up to 3 days.


Brownieville Girl said...

Love your description that it tasted like a mocha with a caramel swirl.

Your cake looks wonderful.

Eliana said...

It looks interesting indeed. And sounds delicious.

Elle said...

Great way to describe this cake..mocha and caramel swirl. Love the way your streudle sank and made that caramel surprise!

Emily said...

Looking wonderful and moist!

Kelly-Jane said...

I like your gorgeous caramel surprise in the middle too, looks great!

Katie said...

Looks delicious. I love the melty bit of caramel in the cake - yum!

All That's Left Are The Crumbs said...

I love how some of your topping sunk making a gooey caramel. I think that next time I make this I will leave a few pieces of the Heath bar a little bigger and mix them into the batter.